Father, Adult Son Plead Guilty In Black Market Eagle Trafficking

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City father and adult son have pleaded guilty to federal charges in a case that offered a glimpse into the illegal trafficking of eagles and other protected birds.

Troy Fairbanks and his son, Majestic, were among 30 people and pawn shops indicted in 2017 as part of a two-year investigation into the black market trade of eagle carcasses, parts and feathers.

Investigators say they purchased protected bird parts from suspects in 5 states including Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota.

Prosecutors say investigators found more than 100 eagle carcasses or parts in the Fairbanks’ Rapid City home.

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